Camera Lens Adapters
What’s Old is New Again: Vintage Glass and Lens Adapters
Do you happen to have some old photography lenses lying around?
With lens adapters, there’s a whole world of legacy lenses that can be adapted and used with modern camera bodies.
Whether you’re shooting stills or video, vintage glass offers unique characteristics, not to mention they’re fun to experiment with.
Camera lens adapters and mounts are metal rings that fasten to both a camera lens and a camera body.
When in place, the adapter or mount rests between the body of the camera and the lens.
The means of fastening can vary, and connections between lenses, adapters, and cameras may be designed with screw-threads, bayonets, and friction locks.
Of the three, the bayonet mount type is the most common for still cameras, as it allows the highest precision of alignment.
Most adapters and mounts are purely mechanical, and are only designed to physically attach a lens to the body of a camera, not send electronic communications between the two.
This will sometimes disable any autofocus features the camera system has, forcing the photographer to manually focus a shot. Also, because an adapter shifts the distance between the camera body and a lens, problems of reaching the full range of focus can occur.
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